I have two unrelated images that keep connecting in my thoughts.
First is the images that I saw plastered all over Facebook about the parade in Kansas City for the Royals. If you do not live nearby or having been living completely unaware of what happened this week then let me tell you. An estimated 800,000 people went to Kansas City to celebrate the World Series victory by the baseball team the Royals. Here is one picture to capture the image:
Schools closed, people skipped work and thousands of people gathered to celebrate a group of grossly overpaid athletes who can hit a ball, catch a ball and run around bases.
The second image is from my last sermon series from Luke 15. Jesus tells three parables that build on each other. In the first two he stopped the parable to add his own commentary.
Luke 15:7 (NIV) I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.
Luke 15:10 (NIV) In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.
In the third parable he interjects a statement by the father, who represents God, when the prodigal son comes home.
Luke 15:23 (NIV) Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate.
Each story is culminated with a picture of a celebration. The picture is of a party in heaven by the angels in the presence of God.
I have been wondering all week if heaven looks a lot like Kansas City did this week. Instead of people wearing blue they were dressed in pure white. And instead of celebrating baseball they were focused on something of eternal significance.
It really makes me wonder how in tune we are with God’s agenda for this world.